Matalena is a 50-year-old woman who is married and has six children. She runs a small plantation and grows crops to earn a living. She has two years of experience with this business.
Matalena has requested a loan to buy a backpack sprayer, chemicals, a wheelbarrow and a chain saw. She plans to use her profits to help her family and also for her children's education. She joined SPBD in 2013 to gain access to financial services.
South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) improves conditions for families living in poverty by providing accessible credit, training, and guidance to help them start, grow and maintain micro-businesses, build assets, finance home improvements, and afford to educate their children. 99% of SPBD’s loans go to women, who can borrow in groups to guarantee one another rather than put up collateral.